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January 26, 2017

Hitler’s Zombie Army (AHC)

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, TV shows, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 2:56 pm

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I have just watched a TV show, on the American Hitler Channel (AHC), entitled “Hitler’s Zombie Army”.

I am not making this up; you can watch this show on demand on AHC until 1/31/2017. Better hurry, or you will miss it.

I must admit that I might have missed some of the Zombie footage, when I got up to make a sandwich.

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I thought that with all the anti-impotence drugs advertised in the frequent commercials, I would be able to get back before the show started again.  I was able to quickly pull up some Nazi Zombie pictures off the net, but these photos were not used in the show.

The show talks a lot about Karl Maria Wiligut who you can read about on Wikipedia by clicking here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Maria_Wiligut

I noticed that many of the photos on the show looked exactly like my photos of the Wewelsburg castle on my website:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/WewelsburgCastle/Castle.html

On my visit to the Castle, I took numerous photos, in spite of the signs that warned against taking photos there.  The first sign that warned against taking photos was just before you reach the entrance. A guard who was standing there told me not to take any photos. He said that if I wanted photos of the Castle, I could buy them in the gift shop later.

In spite of all these warnings, I took numerous photos. My camera just kept going off because I was holding my camera by the flashgun which was equipped with a solenoid button. That’s the way that newspaper photographers do it.

The show featured the General’s Hall, which you can see on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/WewelsburgCastle/SSGeneralsHall.html

I even took photos of the crypt where Nazi Generals were buried. This was strictly forbidden, but I did it anyway.

You can see photos of the crypt on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/WewelsburgCastle/Vault2.html

When I left the Wewelsburg Castle, there was a man standing at the exit. He was interviewing tourists to see how much they had learned on their visit.

I was able to answer all the questions, from the Jewish point of view, so I passed the test with flying colors, and I didn’t get arrested.

 

Hitler:The Monster (updated)

Filed under: David Irving, Germany, Holocaust, TV shows, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 9:14 am

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Robert Cintino made an interesting comment on the TV show entitled “Hitler:The Monster” which was shown on the American Heroes Channel (AHC).

Begin quote from Cintino:

“There is no paper trail linking Adolf Hitler to the holocaust and this is an extraordinary thing in such a highly bureaucratic state that kept meticulous records of every single minor activity.”

End quote from Cintino

I wrote about this in an earlier blog post but I wanted to include an exact quote from the TV show, in this update on the subject.

Begin quote from my earlier blog post:

One interesting aspect of this series is that it addresses the issue of the fact that there is little or no evidence, in the written German records of the time period, that Hitler ordered the Holocaust.  This idea was first brought to light by the research of David Irving, when he offered a cash bonus to anybody who could find a written order from Hitler regarding the Holocaust. Irving’s offer was considered a serious act of Holocaust Denial.

The show never mentions David Irving, nor introduces the topic of Holocaust denial.  Yet, on the latest episode of the show, a whole group of Holocaust historians basically admitted that Irving was right.  Maybe all these Historians should be put in jail; if they get a lawyer and try to defend themselves, their lawyer should be put in jail as well.  They have, in part, vindicated the notorious Holocaust denier David Irving!

End quote from earlier blog post

Maybe we should let poor Cintino out of jail on probation.  For one thing, he is a visiting professor at the United States Army War College.

Cintino is actually a very good writer and I have learned that he has written many good books on military history.  You can follow the link below to read some of his comments about Stalingrad.

http://ww2history.com/experts/Robert_Citino/Stalingrad

But I still think that, before David Irving, this would have been Holocaust denial: saying that Hitler did not order the Holocaust in writing.

December 30, 2016

Hitler’s infamous dinner on January 25, 1942

Filed under: Germany, movies, TV shows, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 4:52 pm

I have a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri.  While I was at the University, I learned that every story has two sides, and that both sides must be told.  While I do sometimes editorialize — in my blog post today, I want to provide an example of journalistic writing, which presents both sides of the story.

In modern times, in the context of the Holocaust, this method of covering a story is known as Holocaust denial, and you can go to jail for Holocaust denial in a rapidly growing number of countries.

In an earlier blog post I talked about a television show entitled “Hitler:The Monster”.  Among other things, in the older blog post, I talked about the dramatization of a dinner meeting, which allegedly took place on Jan 23, 1943.  On the AHC program, they make it sound like this meeting is the smoking gun, in which Hitler gave his blessing for mass murder.

David Irving recalls a meeting on Jan 25th 1942, that was attended by Himmler, Lammers, and Colonel Hans Zeitzler. The following quote is from page 496 in the 2002 version of David Irving’s book entitled “Hitler’s War” [according to Heinrich Heim’s record].

Here are the words spoken by Hitler at the infamous dinner:

Begin quote

If I extract the Jew today our citizens get uneasy: “what’s happening to him, then?” But did these same people care one hoot what happened to the Germans who had to emigrate? We’ve got to get it over fast; it’s no better to pull a tooth a bit at a time over three months — once it’s out, the agony is over. The Jew’s got to get out of Europe. Otherwise we will never reach a European consensus. He’s the worst troublemaker, every where. And really: am I not in fact terrifically humane?   During the papal tyranny in Rome the Jews were maltreated. Up to 1830 they hounded 8 Jews through the city on asses every year.  All I say “He’s got to get out”. If he goes for a Burton [kaputt geht] in the process, I can’t help it. I do see one thing however: their absolute elimination [absolute Austottung] if they won’t leave willingly.

End quote

The American Heroes Channel offers a different version, insinuating that it was at this fateful dinner that Hitler ordered the Holocaust verbally, or at least blessed it.  The show cuts to a dinner scene, while sinister violin music plays.

Begin quote from the show

The announcer says, January 23rd 1942, Hitler invites SS chief Himmler and other senior aids for a quiet meal.  According to his staffs official memos, private moments like this provided the Fuhrer with the perfect opportunity to give the Holocaust his blessing without issuing a direct order.

Robert Citino Continues, saying that

“They are having a fine meal, immaculate table cloth, everything just a so very civilized encounter in which the conversation turns as it often does with Hitler to the Jews.”

Guy Walters Continues, saying that

“The talk is chilling, its not bureaucratic, but Hitler is saying things like, if I had to say to the Jews, could you just go voluntarily and they said they didn’t want to then I would see no other option than extermination.”

Robert Citino continues, saying that

“Notice here how Hitler doesn’t tell anyone to do something specific, he allows those around the table to draw their own conclusion.”

End Quote from show.

The show then goes on to talk about the Wannsee conference, but out of chronological order.   I have blogged about the Wannsee conference several times:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/wannsee-conference/

Could Hitler have only blessed the Holocaust, AFTER the Wannsee conference, not before it?

To quote, out of context, a famous comment from the show, “there were so many parts of it that just didn’t add up.”

December 29, 2016

Henriette Von Schirach on AHC

Filed under: TV shows, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 2:34 pm
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Henriette von Schirach

In episode 5 of their new series about Hitler on the American Heroes Channel, titled “Hitler:The Monster”, around six minutes into the episode, an incident at the Berghof, involving the beautiful Henriette von Schirach, is discussed.  In the show, it was claimed that Henriette was banished from the Berghof for bringing up the “brutalization of Jewish women in Amsterdam”.  In the words often repeated in the show: “but it was all a lie.”  She was back at the Berghof the next evening, where events caused her to leave with her husband in a huff, never to return again, for a completely different reason.

A different account of the incident, which took place in late June 23rd and 24th, 1943, is recorded in the 2002 version of David Irving’s book “Hitler’s War” on page 595.

Begin Quote:

The ‘Jewish Problem’ was taboo at the Berghof… Bauder von Schirach and his pretty wife Henrietta were in Hitler’s house party.  They joined the fireside circle, slumped into the deep armchairs in the semi-darkness.  While Hitler sipped his special tea and the others their wine or cognac, Henriette exclaimed that she had just witnessed at Amsterdam the loading of Jews into open trucks for deportation.

‘Do you know about it?’ she asked.  ‘Do you permit it?”

Hitler retorted, ‘They are being driven 0ff to work, so you needn’t pity them.  Meantime our soldiers are fighting and dying on the battlefields!’  Later he added, ‘Let me tell you something.  This is a set of scales’ -and he put up a hand on each side like pans. -‘Germany has lost half a million of her finest manhood on the battle field.  Am I to preserve and minister to these others?  I want something of our race to survive a thousand years from now’  He reproached her: ‘You must learn how to hate!’

The Schirachs were still there the next evening, June 24, when Goebbels wickedly brought the fireside conversation around to Vienna.  Until after four A.M. Hitler drew savage comparisons between Schirach’s Viennese and Goebbels’s Berliners until tears welled up in Henriette’s eyes: the Berliners, he said, were hard-working, intelligent, and politically shrewd.  Goebbels wrote, ‘Frau von Schirach in particular acted like a silly cow…and later summed up her unhappiness by saying that she wanted to go back to Munich with her husband and would the Fuhrer send [Gaulieter] Giesler to Vienna instead.’  ‘Tell me,’ Hitler challenged her, ‘is your husbnd our Reich representative in Vienna-or is he Vienna’s man in the Reich?’  The Schirachs departed in a huff the same night, and never saw Hitler again.

End Quote

In the notes section on page 912 in his book, Irving cites five different sources for his account including both Schirachs.  While I agree that it is brutal to load Jewish women into trucks to take them to work, [the film footage of women being abused does not show them being loaded into a truck.] clearly Henrietta and her husband did not leave the Berghof immediately after her question about the final solution.

On the show Guy Walters claimed that on the 23rd “He [Hitler] just orders her out, and she left in tears never to be seen at the Berghof again.”  Clearly, if we can believe Goebbels’ account, she was still there the next night, on June 24th, acting like a silly cow.

December 28, 2016

Hitler: The Fall

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies, TV shows, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 10:45 am

I had my first opportunity to watch the final installment of the six part Hitler series, entitled “The Fall”.  In preparation for my analysis of this series, I re-read David Irving’s book, Hitler’s War, the 2002 updated version.

The final episode starts with the aftermath of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6th 1944, on what is called D-Day, and ends with Hitler’s suicide in his Berlin Bunker at the end of April 1945.

This is a great deal of history to cover in a one-hour show with lots of commercials.  Important topics include the aftermath of D-day landing, the July 20th, 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler, fall of France, the Battle of the Bulge, Hitler’s rapidly declining health, the Yalta Conference, the final Battle for Berlin, Hitlers marriage to Eva during the last days in the bunker, and their final suicide in the bunker after all was lost.

I would say, all in all, it was a pretty good summery of the final days of World War Two, which might be valuable for college students, who are ignorant in History, to learn about these important topics.

Most of the accounts on the final episode agree with the accounts written  by David Irving, although the show seems to have, as it’s main thesis, that Hitler was the most evil man that ever lived, while Irving simply recounts the facts of history.

The show selects the same dividing line, the D-day invasion, as Irving does for section VII of his book entitled “The Worms Turn”.  Irving concludes his book with the final section VIII Endkampf which covers the final collapse and Hitler’s suicide in his Berlin bunker.

Hitler’s doctor, Morrell, left us detailed records of Hitler’s declining health and his use of a large number of medications.  Irving’s book does a great job of citing individual entries 0f Dr. Morrel’s records, but I think that the show also did a very good job in documenting Hitler’s declining health on film.

In addition to Hitlers War, Irving also dedicated an entire other book to Dr. Morrell, and both books do a good job of telling the story of Hitler’s rapidly declining health, near the end of the war.

A little background here might be appropriate, for some of my younger readers, about my next observation.  One of Hitler’s best generals, General Rommel believed that the key to repelling an invasion was to strike quickly and not let the invading forces establish a beach head.  Irving writes on page 681 about D-day, “the Allies had established a beachhead …some 15 miles wide and two miles deep inland.”

He continues “Thus by the time Hitler’s war conference began, the Battle of France was already lost – if Rommel’s dictum about defeating the enemy on the beaches had meant anything.”

The very ending of the episode before Hitler:The Fall, called Hitler:The Monster also claims that Hitler’s over sleeping on D-day had a significant effect.  This comes in the final minute of Hitler:The Monster, but if you are watching a marathon, this bleeds right into the final episode.

I watched most of the entire six part marathon, and observed that the series never mentioned the word “typhus”, as far as I could tell, and spent no time documenting the mass rape of German women after the fall of Berlin. Although the series does mention the firebombing of Hamburg on July 27th 1943; there was very little talk about the attacks on German civilians by the firebombing of a different city in Germany every day and every night during that period.

But all in all, I would say that the last episode of the series provided a fairly good short one-hour history of the time from D-Day to the fall of Berlin.

I welcome comments by anyone else, who saw the show.

December 21, 2016

“Hitler: The Monster” on AHC

Filed under: David Irving, Germany, TV shows, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 11:05 am

Last night, I watched the most recent episode of the new six-part Hitler series. This episode was entitled “Hitler:The Monster”.  Including this episode, which ends with the Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy, on June 6th 1944, I have now seen five of the six episodes in the series.

One interesting aspect of this series is that it addresses the issue of the fact that there is little or no evidence, in the written German records of the time period, that Hitler ordered the Holocaust.  This idea was first brought to light by the research of David Irving, when he offered a cash bonus to anybody who could find a written order from Hitler regarding the Holocaust. Irving’s offer was considered a serious act of Holocaust Denial.

The show never mentions David Irving, nor introduces the topic of Holocaust denial.  Yet, on the latest episode of the show, a whole group of Holocaust historians basically admitted that Irving was right.  Maybe all these Historians should be put in jail; if they get a lawyer and try to defend themselves, their lawyer should be put in jail as well.  They have, in part, vindicated the notorious Holocaust denier David Irving!

I updated the section above of this blog post with a quote that you can read here:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/hitlerthe-monster-update/

The show does point out that Hitler MAY have had dinner with Himmler. On the show, there is speculation that Hitler and Himmler MAY have discussed the Holocaust; however the reenactment does not include any dialog, so we don’t know what they MAY have discussed.

I made a new blog post expanding on the dinner party mentioned in the paragraph above that you can read here:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/hitlers-infamous-dinner-on-january-25-1942/

This latest episode does show a lot of footage about Hitler’s time spent in the Wolf’s Lair when he was commanding the battles on the Eastern front.  The show emphasizes the time that Hitler spent training his dog at the Wolf’s Lair.  Also discussed, in great detail, is how Hitler had a tendency to micromanage military efforts on the Russian front.

Ominously, at one point, there is a map shown, which shows a red arrow pointing to Stalingrad.  Those of us who already know the story, knew what was going to happen, but this part of the show was really aimed at young people, who might never have learned about Stalingrad until now.

While the show made no mention of the German defeat in North Africa at around the same time, it did a pretty good job of explaining that Stalingrad is viewed, in my opinion correctly, as a major turning point of World War II.

The show has a lot of history to cover, in just six hours, so it couldn’t cover everything, but I was a little sad to see that the issue that it was believed that Stalingrad could have been resupplied by air was not discussed.

A topic, that was also not discussed very well, was the issue of why Hitler was micromanaging his dog, and his troops on the eastern front, but he seemed to delegate most of the daily Holocaust operation, to Himmler.  To me, the show seemed to imply that Hitler wanted to confuse later historians and give credence to future Holocaust deniers, by micromanaging some aspects of the war and not micromanaging others, including not micromanaging the Holocaust enough to even leave a paper trail.  No clear interpretation for this differing degree of micromanagement phenomenon was offered, and it was not explained that alternative theories could well result in jail time for their proponents.

December 18, 2016

New TV series: Hitler — a 6 part event, all new, 6 episodes

Filed under: TV shows, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:34 pm

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There have been 3 episodes so far in a new 6 part TV series about Hitler. The ads for the show claim that Hitler is  the most hated man in history. Why is Hitler the most hated man in history? Hitler killed Jews, that’s why.

The first episode in the TV series was entitled “Hitler, the opportunist”. Tom Weber spoke on the first episode, about which I have already written.

The second episode was entitled “The actor”. The third episode was entitled “The Führer “.  The 4th episode, which we will see next, is entitled “The Victor”.

In all these episodes, so far, we have seen Hitler standing before huge crowds, as he gives his speeches. The people are cheering, and throwing flowers at his feet as he walks through the crowds, without fear that he will be killed. Could Donald Trump, who is called the new Hitler, do that? I don’t think so!

The 4th episode, which we will see next, is entitled “The Victor”. I will do a new blog post after I have seen this episode.

December 11, 2016

Hitler had a “Trump” card. Who knew?

Filed under: TV shows, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 7:34 am

A recent television program named “Hitler:The Opportunist” revealed some startling new information, which was apparently derived from “recently discovered documents.”  At least the show featured, on the AHC (American Heroes Channel), talks about recently discovered documents quite a bit, but at times it is unclear what is recently discovered and what has been known about for years.

I have watched this episode several times now, using cable on demand, and I have started to notice that in minute 44 of the program, it tells about when Hitler got out of jail in 1924 and the Bavarian government took away his “Trump card”.

At first, I thought they were going to say that they had recently gone back into the Bavarian government records, from that period, and had rediscovered this amazing card.  I still don’t know if they actually found the original card; the show is a little ambiguous. They might mean that his trump card was his public speaking ability.

Thomas Weber, one of the commentators in the show, makes a very good point about Hitler’s experience at the start of World War One.  He said I believe, “they were utterly unprepared for  it.”  He is very right about this.  One statistic that the show gave a little ambiguously was that “Hitler’s unit lost more than 2,000 men.”  Close, but more correctly Hitler’s Regiment, which started the war with 3,600 men, was down to 611 after only 20 days.  His company, of which a Regiment has many, which started with 250 men was down to 43 in the same time period.  Their Oberst, or in English, the Coronal who was leading Hitler’s Regiment was also killed.

Very early in the war, in this same time period, Hitler was promoted to the rank of Gefreiter and assigned to be a message runner.  I have been thinking of late about just how backward the military thinking had been at the start of WW One. I am trying to understand what the German word Gefreiter means. If we try to understand it, by looking further back to the  time before WW One, we may gain some insights.  I have written about the German word Gefreiter in a previous blog post that I recently updated.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/11/

Google translate, which is perhaps the ultimate arbiter of truth, renders the word Gefreiter as “Freed”.  Those of you who are familiar with the slogan, “Arbiet Mact Frei”, or “work will make you free” which appeared on or above the concentration camp  gates, will recognize that Frei and Gefreiter are based on the same root word.

My son suggested that it might help some of our younger readers to understand more about the rank of Gefreiter, using this approach of understanding its meaning, by looking backwards in time.  My son thinks that a famous example of being promoted from a lower rank to the rank of Gefreiter takes place in dramatic fashion in episode 24 of the HBO hit “Game of Thrones”.  (Season 3 episode 4).  He suggested that this might shine some light onto a few relevant concepts for some of our younger readers who are familuar with this show.

Spoiler alert, if you have not seen this TV show, you might want to watch it before you read the rest of this blog post.  It is one of the best ones in the whole show.

At the very end of this episode the “mother of dragons” buys an army of 8,000 slaves called “the unsullied”.  She trades them for one of her dragons.  She hands the slave trader one end of a chain with the other end attached to the small dragon’s leg.  He hands her a symbolic whip.   She asks him, “its done then, they are mine?”  He answers “you hold the whip.”

She calls out the name “unsullied” in perfect “High Valerian”.  For those who are experts in Game of Thrones, there are claims that this is the first instance of the use of “High Valerian” in the show.  The slaver only speaks a lower uncouth dialect of the language. Her new solders snap to attention in perfect unison.

Her first order to the unsullied is to march forward.  They march forward in perfect lock step.  Her second order is to halt.  They halt in perfect lock step.  Then her third order, which I think looses something in the translation from high Valerian in the subtitles, is to strike off your chains, kill the solders, kill everyone who holds a whip, but harm no child.  They wipe out their old masters in short order.

After the battle, she climbs up on her white horse, and gives a speech. She immediately promotes them from the rank of slave to the rank of freedmen, and then asks them, “will you fight for me as free men?”  In an older sense of this word, each one of them, if they had accepted, would have become a Gefreiter.

I have always thought that there is something very “old German”  about the mother of dragons.  “High Valerian” reminds me a little bit of “Hoch Deutch” sometimes translated as High German, which was the language of Prussian noblemen.

The “unsullied” have always reminded me of the Hessians, who were German solders, that fought in the American Revolution, on the side of the British.  The Hessian soldiers, somewhat like the unsullied, were not free, but rather they were serfs.  Serfs, like slaves, are pretty much owned by the Aristocratic Noble class of Lords.  Like slaves, serfs can’t leave the land, or run off of the plantation, so to speak.  The helmets of the unsullied ,to me, are reminiscent of the German Stahlhelm.

Unlike a plantation owner, a landlord in feudal Europe could not sell his serfs, unless he sold his land with them.  The serfs were bound to the land.  That not withstanding, the Hessian aristocrats saw fit to train their serfs to be expert solders and rent them out in fully equipped army units complete with their own officers.  Fredric the Great, the Prussian ruler at that time, decried the practice as selling German blood.

You can read more than you ever wanted to know about the Hessian solders in the America revolutionary war here.

My favorite part, in the old book above, was the attitude  of these German Hessian serfs, when they were taken prisoner.  Back in Germany, a lord’s serfs had to work on his owner’s lands, but they were also given a little bit of their own land, on which they could  work and grow their own food.  The serfs worked part of the time for their masters and part of the time for themselves.

When these German peasants were taken prisoner, they thought that they should have to spend part of their time each week in the POW barracks, to fulfill their obligation to their Lord, but that they should be able to go out and work as farm workers the rest of the week.  Remarkably, not only their own officers but the American colonists who were short of manpower, often agreed to this.

In doing some research on Hessian Gefreiters, I found some interesting comments from people doing genealogy  work from the revolutionary war period.  The researchers explained that, in your own research, you might run across the German word Gefreiter.

The researchers explained that the word could be translated as equivalent to the rank of Lance Corporal in the British army.  But then, they added something very interesting:  They claimed that the word Lance, in Lance Corporal, had the same roots as the lance in freelance. I looked it up and sure enough the a historical definition of freelance was a medieval mercenary.

But getting back to Hitler, what had he been “Freed” from exactly?

In the TV show Game of Thrones many of the characters are what are refereed to as High Born.  The key thing is that, to be “High Born”,  you have to be born that way.  It is a hereditary status.  In the past, the Germany nobility got their status as a birth right.  In order to be an officer, it was required to have been a member of the nobility.  To be “High Born” so to speak. To have the word “von” in your last name.

In American, we use the words “upper, middle and lower class,” but in the old feudal system everybody today would have been considered to be a member of the old feudal middle class.

In America today we have no hereditary royalty; we have no hereditary serfs, and since 1865, no hereditary slaves.  In a sense we believe that “all men are created equal”.

It is a misconception to believe that in later feudal times, that the Royal class were always rich.  In reality, they were very often flat broke and had to borrow money from the “middle class” which included everyone who was not a nobleman or a peasant.

An example, in Game of Thrones show, of rich members of the middle class would be the filthy rich bankers from the Iron Bank of Braavos.  The feudal middle class also included priests, merchants, and skilled craftsmen.

In Bavaria, in 1914, they still had a very autonomous king: “The king of Bavaria”.  Bavaria was a kingdom, but also part of the German Empire.  Bavaria had been a kingdom, since 1806.  Bavaria had its own department of defense.  Like Hesse,  from where the Hessian solders came, it had its own army.  Bavaria had its own dialect of German, which was called Bairisch. When I lived in Germany for 20 months, when my husband was in the American Army, I learned to speak Bairisch. When I came back to America, I took a college course in German, to learn to speak properly.

Serfdom had been abolished by 1806 in Bavaria, but the more I think about how they fed their troops into machine guns at the start of World War One, it makes me think that their Aristocratic officers, thought of their men as more like medieval serfs.

Were Hitler’s officer’s minds, in some ways, still stuck back in the middle ages?    In their aristocratic minds, could Hitler’s officers have been thinking that they were giving Hitler a promotion, reminiscent of that from a lowborn serf, up to middle class freedmen, when they promoted him to Gefreiter?

November 29, 2016

New TV show about Hitler, the opportunist…(updated)

Filed under: Germany, TV shows, Uncategorized, World War II — furtherglory @ 4:20 pm

I have been watching a TV show on the American Heroes channel. The first episode was called “Hitler, the opportunist”.

At first, I thought that this show must be a re-run from years ago.  I recognized all the footage. But when I looked more closely, I recognized the name Thomas Weber. He appears to be making the controversial claim that he has “discovered” that  Hitler was actually promoted to the rank of Private First Class. Weber is often quoted, in sensational media articles which trash Hitler’s service record in World War One, at least sometimes a little out of context.

When I watched the television program, the first time, I thought the show made it sound like someone had gone back and looked up Hitler’s military records, and discovered that his rank was actually not Corporal or Lance Corporal but rather Private First Class (PFC).

There was no rank with the name Private First Class in the German Imperial Army during World War One.

Many sources maintain that Hitler was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. There was no rank of Lance Corporal in the German Imperial Army either.

The truth is that the one promotion that Hitler received during the war was to the rank of Gefreiter.

http://www.worldwar1.com/sfgrank.htm

The website, cited above, has an image of a Bavarian Gefreiter rank insignia near the bottom of the page, which I have copied.  Letter B in the photo is the correct Bavarian badge of rank insignia that Hitler would have worn.

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On the same page, the rank of Gefreiter can be seen in the NCO table, which translates the rank into English as Lance corporal. This is a rank in the British Army which roughly corresponds to Gefrieter in the German Imperial Army.

Note that a Lance Corporal in the British Army was, and still is,  an NCO.  A Gefrieter in the German Imperial army was the lowest rank of NCO, at least by some accounts. Again the table in the web site cited above lists Gefrieter as an NCO

The American Army currently has no rank of Lance Corporal; however, the American Marine Corp does have this rank.

A Lance Corporal in the American Marine Corp is NOT an NCO.  In the modern Bundeswehr there are many classes of Gefrieter.  The lowest class is closer to a buck private, and also not an NCO.

German ranks in World War One did not correspond with ranks in today’s German Army (Bundeswehr).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gefreiter

The following quote is from the Wikipedia page in the above link:

Begin quote

“Throughout the periods of the Royal Prussian Army, Imperial Army of the German Empire, Reichswehr and the German Wehrmacht, the rank of Gefreiter was considered in English the equivalent to a British Army Lance Corporal rank.

End quote

I will refrain from commenting on Weber’s book until I have read it. In the comment section of this blog post, Weber said that he agrees with me that Hitler was a Gefreiter, and notes that there is some difficulty in translating this word into English.

The TV show does not make Weber’s position clear.  Before I ordered the book, I went in and read the 31 reviews on Amazon.  The majority of the people who read Weber’s book either loved it or hated it.  It got a lot of five star ratings, and a lot of one star ratings.  While the people, who gave it a one star rating, criticized Weber’s methodology in reaching the conclusions that he reached, even his most virulent detractors  admitted that the book was well researched.

Again, I will reserve further comment on Weber’s book until after I read it.
 

November 20, 2016

Defending my blog posts about Schindler’s list

Filed under: Holocaust, movies, TV shows, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:18 am
Amon Goeth stand on the balcony in the rear of his house

Amon Goeth standing on the patio in the rear of his house

Over the years, I have written several blog posts about the movie entitled Schindler’s List.  Before that, I wrote about Schindler’s List on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Kazimierz/Kazimierz01C.html

Now the subject of Schindler’s List has come up in a recent comment on my blog, written by a newb who knows nothing.

To understand the movie Schinder’s List, start by reading this blog post which I wrote five years ago in 2011: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/schindlers-list-the-movie-is-fiction-fiction-fiction-part-2/

Then move on to a blog post, which I wrote in 2010: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/did-oskar-schindler-save-1200-jews-from-certain-death/

I am now 83 years old, and literally on my death bed. I don’t want to spend the last years of my life arguing about whether, or not, Amon Goeth shot Jews from his second-floor balcony or from a spot on the ground in the rear of his house.

In 1998, I made a trip to Poland, accompanied by a tour guide, who took me to see the house where Amon Goeth was living when he allegedly shot prisoners from his balcony. The balcony, and the patio, are both at the rear of the house. Did Amon Goeth have a special rifle that could shoot over the house and hit prisoners who were working in the camp, a mile away?  I don’t think so.

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